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Birthdate & Date of Loss

Date of birth: September 7, 1926
Date of death: November 12, 1952
Age: 26

Lucky Bag

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From the 1949 Lucky Bag:

Lee S. Pyles

Fairmont, West Virginia

Known to his classmates as Ernie, this diminutive member of '49 is an ardent exponent of the fact that physical stature isn't the prime requisite for success. While enduring four years of academics he has achieved great renown as an energetic worker and one of the larger consumers of pencils around Bancroft. He has consistently been one of the men behind the scenes for the Masqueraders and Musical Club shows. In his few free moments he enjoyed music "in any form" and he seldom missed a hop. A firm believer that variety is the spice of life, he dragged many different girls—we would all like to know the secret of his attraction for beautiful femmes. Whatever the future holds for him, it is certain that Lee will make the most of his opportunities and will always have a host of friends wherever he goes.


From Find A Grave:

The Mason County sheriff's office reported the wreckage of a missing four-engine Navy Privateer plane which had 11 men aboard had been found in rugged Olympic Peninsula country. The plane disappeared last night on a flight from the Sand Point Naval Air Station at Seattle.

Chief Deputy Sheriff FORD MEYER said the plane has been found but "at this time we don't know of any survivors.

The wreckage was found near an abandoned logging camp approximately 400 feet from when the camp watchmen said he spotted the flames when the crash occurred.

The crew members and their next of kin included Lt. (JG) LEE S. PYLES, 26, co-pilot; wife in Seattle; parents, Mr. and Mrs. Harley T. Pyles, 129 Cochran St., Fairmont, W. Va.

Lee is buried in Maryland. His wife remarried; she passed away in 2012.

He is not mentioned in the 1949 Class History.

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Class of 1949
Lee is one of 40 members of the Class of 1949 in Memorial Hall.
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